Definitions for Resentmentrɪˈzɛnt mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•sent•mentrɪˈzɛnt mənt(n.)

  1. a feeling of displeasure or indignation at someone or something regarded as the cause of injury or insult; pique; irritation.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resentment, bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour(noun)

    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. resentment(noun)ɪˈzɛnt mənt

    a feeling of anger when you think sth is unfair to you

    I feel a lot of anger and resentment toward the man who attacked me.


  1. resentment(Noun)

    A feeling of anger or displeasure stemming from belief that one has been wronged by others or betrayed; indignation.

  2. Origin: From ressentiment, from ressentir

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resentment(noun)

    the act of resenting

  2. Resentment(noun)

    the state of holding something in the mind as a subject of contemplation, or of being inclined to reflect upon something; a state of consciousness; conviction; feeling; impression

  3. Resentment(noun)

    in a good sense, satisfaction; gratitude

  4. Resentment(noun)

    in a bad sense, strong displeasure; anger; hostility provoked by a wrong or injury experienced


  1. Resentment

    Resentment is the experience of a negative emotion felt as a result of a real or imagined wrong done. Etymologically, the word originates from French "ressentir", re-, intensive prefix, and sentir "to feel"; from the Latin "sentire". The English word has become synonymous with anger and spite. Robert C. Solomon, a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, places resentment on the same line-continuum with contempt and anger. According to him, the differences between the three emotions are as follows: resentment is directed towards higher-status individuals, anger is directed towards equal-status individuals and contempt is directed towards lower-status individuals. Resentment can be triggered by an emotionally disturbing experience felt again or relived in the mind. When the person feeling resentment is directing the emotion at themself it appears as remorse.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Resentment' in Nouns Frequency: #2876

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He has a feeling of resentment against the police after the way he was treated by them.

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